Playoffs or not, Lakers have been a gong show

L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant has fallen on some hard times. (Reuters)

L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant has fallen on some hard times. (Reuters)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:37 PM ET

The Lakers may qualify for the post-season and they may even win a series, but no matter what plays out in the final weeks of the regular season, the on-going drama that has characterized this team from the very beginning continues.

If ever a storyline can somehow upstage the streaking Heat and its run at history or supplant the feel-good story that is the Denver Nuggets, it’s the Lakers, a larger-than-basketball-life edition poised to become the biggest flops in NBA history, assuming they don’t make the playoffs.

For weeks, head coach Mike D’Antoni has tried to bite his tongue as his team alternates from world beaters to sad sacks, playing a brand of basketball that at times forces Kobe Bryant to do too much.

For D’Antoni, it came to a head during an embarrassing home loss to Washington.

While D’Antoni’s post-game wasn’t as epic as Doug Collins’ verbal unloading in Philly, it won’t rank among the best D’Antoni has ever delivered.


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